Fuyao workers vote not to unionize with UAW

BREAKING: Fuyao workers vote not to unionize with UAW (WKEF/WRGT)

MORAINE, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) – The votes are in, and the workers at the Moraine Fuyao plant have voted not to unionize with United Auto Workers.

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) tallied the votes cast by workers over Wednesday and Thursday with the employees and UAW watching.

“We are pleased that FGA associates chose to maintain a direct relationship with our company and resist the union’s attempt to intervene,” FGA President Jeff Daochuan Liu said. “While we respect our employees’ right to support or reject a union, we also admire their courage to reject this union’s desperate attempt to prop up its revenue in the face of declining union membership worldwide. We look forward to continuing to work closely with FGA associates to build a great company here in Moraine and to our success in the auto glass marketplace.”

In a statement, UAW said it is investigating potential objections to Fuyao conduct, saying that workers reported irregularities during the election and that it may file objections with the NLRB.

“It is disheartening to know that in 2017 there are companies willing to do so much to deny workers a voice and fair treatment,” UAW Region 2B Director Rich Rankin said. “Unfortunately, that is what these brave workers faced when all they have asked for is a fair path to helping this manufacturer produce the best products and live up to their commitments it made to the Dayton community.”

The vote comes after numerous OSHA safety violations at the Chinese manufacturer, resulting in fines and plant upgrades.

Fuyao had come out earlier and urged workers to vote no, claiming the UAW is corrupt, allegations which the union disputed. The process does provide a week to challenge the outcome, and if that happens, the NLRB will investigate and determine the outcome.

Fuyao is one of the largest employers in the Miami Valley, and the vote impacts more than 1,500 auto glass workers.

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